From the President
In reading the words of my predecessor, I am reminded that 2020 brought with it unimaginable challenges, many of which we are continuing to work through today. However rather than dwell on the negative, I would like take this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements within the profession over the past 12 months.
I would like to congratulate members of the profession for their continued resilience in challenging and uncertain times, and for the support shown to fellow colleagues. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the Bar Council for their contributions this past year.
Acknowledgment must also go to the Association for the delivery of 40 CPD events including three in-person conferences, none of which would have been possible without the tireless efforts of the respective committees in bringing these programs together.
Bar Practice Course 75 was successfully delivered earlier this year for 37 pupils and 139 volunteer members of the Judiciary and the Bar. Course 76, with 36 participants was also very recently delivered. Each course was delivered using both virtual and in-person technology. The Association was able to achieve a seamless transition between those delivery methods thanks to the hard work of the BPC Committee, Association staff and volunteers.
We also welcomed Daniel Connop from Griffith University who was the successful applicant from the 2021 Indigenous Law Student Program. Over a three week period, Daniel attended the Federal Court of Australia, guided by the Honourable Justice Collier, the Supreme Court of Queensland, by the Honourable Justice Bowskill and a final week in barrister’s chambers with Lincoln Crowley QC.
The Association has proudly supported a range of organisations and external events who promote diversity and inclusion to current and future members of the profession:
- Queensland Intervarsity Law Competition 2020
- Asian Australian Lawyers Association’s National Cultural Diversity Summit 2020
- Lawright Inc
- Austlii Foundation Ltd
- University of Queensland scholarship
- Pride in Law
- Women Barristers Drinks
- FNQ Law Association Inc
I would also like to thank the Bar Care Committee for their work on a series of Wellbeing Conversations. These candid conversations shine a light on barristers’ health and wellbeing through the sharing of stories and strategies for staying well.
Lastly, I would like to express my thanks to the entire profession for making my first twelve months in the role of President both rewarding and productive.
Tom Sullivan QC